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11 March 2017 @ 01:21 pm
Nice things-- why we cannot haz?  
So, it's my second weekend of working an additional day, thanks to management planning screw-ups at the office. I was at it late last night (after a day of uncooperative equipment and wasted time), then we did housecleaning because my son wanted to host a "deco" (decorating) party for a school event. We did one last November, in which teenagers were in and out of the house for about 6 hours.

For HalfshellHusband and me, being introverts, that is basically a distinct and prolonged version of Hell.

So, today's party was to mostly be outside, since the weather is good and painting will be happening. At ten minutes to FPKAT (First Potential Kid Arrival Time), we had a plumbing event.

I.e., water started burbling up out of the toilets, bathtub, and shower because the outtake to the main sewer line suddenly became clogged. Well, not JUST water. /o\

So we are now hosting an event from 11-4pm in which nobody can use the bathrooms. At least there's a public park with bathrooms about 3 blocks away, but still.

Because, you know, the day wasn't fun enough already. :(

pkoceres: Facepalmpkoceres on March 22nd, 2017 09:38 pm (UTC)
D: Oh nooo... Plumbing emergencies are never fun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 22nd, 2017 09:55 pm (UTC)
This one was, "Wait! What is happening?" followed by, "Ughhhhh."

The plumber came out and snaked the drain, which falls victim to tree roots every now and then. You would think that would rarely happen, as there is a single large tree nearby and most of its roots going in that direction are under concrete, but noooo...

We apparently hit an offending laundry load whose rinse cycle proved too much. After about 3 prior loads. It's the kind of thing that makes you think a sock must have gotten in the works, but as far as we could tell, nothing was missing. :O
pkoceres: Umbrellapkoceres on March 23rd, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
And with plumbing, you have that sinking feeling of knowing you have to call a professional. Ack!

Huh... I didn't even know that was possible. Did they give you enough information to prevent it from happening again?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2017 06:27 am (UTC)
There's nothing we can do about it, short of removing that tree. If we were more on the ball, we would probably have a regular snaking about every two years, but as it is, the roots grow in the background, through the pipes, then they get removed by the snake and slowly start working their way through again.

This is why it's so important to know a good, affordable plumber. :O